Jack Florence Jr  

 Fishing Boats, Thailand by Jack Florence Jr

January 2020 - Fishing Boats, Thailand

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I liked the scene of these fishing boats of the coast of Ko Samui, Thailand, but the sky, despite having some cool tropical clouds, is just so low contrast and muddy….Even as pictured here, I’ve taken it a long ways and I really can’t produce the typical infrared skies we’re used to seeing. The white trees also seem to stand out too much, to me. Your thoughts on if this works, or what it would take to make it work, are appreciated. Does it need to be more of a pano? 55mm prime f7.1 1/640

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5 comments posted

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Jack,

My very first reaction...why the sepia toning for the whole of the image, but the trees boldly standing out in pure white? That was a distraction for me. I took your own suggestion of a pano and cropped from the top, took it back to all monochrome using Silver Efex Pro, added a mask of Detail Extractor from Color Efex Pro to the sky and ended up with the attached. It's another version...does it improve the scene? You are the photographer!   Posted: 01/04/2020 09:22:46
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Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

I am on the same wavelength as Gary, i think his crop really changed the game. I took the liberty to tweek Gary's rendition. I lightened the boat in the foreground, added white to clouds in the sky where it made sense to me, and darkened the patch of trees to the left of the building just a tad.

Emil   Posted: 01/04/2020 13:32:07
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Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thank you both, I agree. I think your edits improve the image and move it towards what I was after.   Posted: 01/04/2020 14:20:48

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Jack,
I, in turn like the sepia tones you have used. I makes it look like the boats are old and from a time long ago. I do agree that the trees are a little bright and could easily be toned done. I also agree that cropping off the top is the way to go.   Posted: 01/15/2020 14:01:54

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Jack, one thing I liked about the first IR images I saw was their unique, but natural way, to capture sepia tones, which you have done masterfully here. Contrast is an artists option. Sea scenes seem to benefit from clouds that suggest a storm has just left or is coming soon. So, the modifications of Emil and Gary do bring out the clouds more . . . if that is what you want and can also achieve it with sepia tones.   Posted: 01/19/2020 22:23:51